Detained former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not just be home for Christmas. She will also get to celebrate the New Year with her kith and kin.
The early “gifts” came about after the Supreme Court granted Arroyo a six-day leave from a hospital where she is detained.
The furlough was given in connection with the former leader’s urgent motion for house arrest, pending resolution of her bail petition by the Sandiganbayan First Division, which is hearing a plunder case against her over alleged misuse of P365 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office confidential/intelligence funds during her term as president.
Arroyo filed the petition after the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights ruled that the detention of Arroyo was arbitrary.
“Pending the resolution of the urgent motion, the court grants to the petitioner Christmas and New Year furloughs,” the SC said in a resolution.
It allowed the former president to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City at 8 a.m. on December 23, and be taken to her residence in La Vista Subdivision, also in Quezon City, and stay there until 5 p.m. of December 26.
Then at 8 a.m. on December 30, Arroyo will once again be permitted to go back to her residence to spend the New Year until 5 p.m. of January 2.